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Roadside Fin

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L to R R to L Alpha
East Face Crack T 
East Face Crack Variation T 
South Face Left Side S 
South Face Right Side S 
West Face Middle (a.k.a. Black Canyon Simulator) T 
West Face Right Side T 
west side left T 
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Roadside Fin Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.57696, -107.21446 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on Mar 24, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: East face of the Airy Block/Roadside Fin.


This roadside fin of granite has a nice selection of climbs that allow for easy and quick access to some decent pitches. You'll find sport, trad, and mixed routes here along with climbs of varying quality.

Getting There 

This is the fin of granitic rock immediately adjacent the interstate.

Routes Listed L>R: 

A. West Face Middle, 5.10, 1p, 75', gear & bolts.
B. West Face Right Side, 5.8, 1p, 45', gear.
C. South Face Left Side, 5.10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
D. South Face Right Side, 11, 1p, 50', bolts.
E. East Face Crack Variation, 5.9, 1p, 60', gear.
F. East Face Crack, 5.8, 1p, 60', gear.

Climbing Season

For the Glenwood Canyon area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Roadside Fin
Rock Climbing Photo: South Face Left Side.

South Face Left Side 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Colorado : Glenwood Springs : ... : Roadside Fin
Start on the arete or on the left (west) side of the arete and climb the south face. The crux is some reachy moves before or through the roof at midheight. Significantly easier climbing is found above. Where the crux is will probably be rather height dependent on this route. Shares anchor with the Right Side West Face route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Feb 11, 2011
I spent most of the Summer of '83 living at the now gone West Glenwood Holiday Inn while working for one of the engineering firms involved with building the road. I spent my work days hanging from ropes with a geologist and a engineer whose job it was to make the roadside crags safe. We located the places that needed what are now those huge bolts in many of the walls. It was a great Summer. Anyhow, I climbed on this thing a number of times. One of my bosses was a Czech geologist who was also a good climber, so we had a lot of fun climbing on our days off. The only other person climbing in the canyon that Summer as far as I know was Kor who was typically really low key.
By Nick Broeder
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Nov 20, 2011
Does any one have any beta on the sport route on the northeast face closest to The Diamond?? Goes up arete to left small roof.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Nov 22, 2011
I don't know the beta on that line, but check the talus at the base. A bunch of that rock looked pretty bad, and I think one of the bolts is in a rock at the base now. I think Mike Yellico and crew put it up in the '90s.

Speaking of history, I know Michael Kennedy and crew climbed at this location back in the '70s and '80s as well. If you start poking around, you'll find ancient pins and 1/4" bolts from some of those early days.

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